Dr Sandy O’Sullivan is a Wiradjuri transgender/non-binary person. An Associate Professor in Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Since 1992 they have taught and researched across gender and sexuality, museums, the body, performance, design and First Nations’ identity. Sandy was the inaugural director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research at Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory.
Sandy recently completed an internationally-focused Australian Research Council program examining the representation and engagement of First Nations’ Peoples across 470 museums and Keeping Places, and is also completing an ARC Linkage project mapping creative practice across the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory. Across their current work, they are considering the ways that queer First Nations’ Peoples are re/presented in public sites and performance spaces, and their resistance and challenge to reductive approaches to gender identity. Sandy has been a musician, performer and sound artist since 1982 and has held national and international arts residencies and performed in a range of weird stage contexts (Resonant Voices, Cartoon Physics, ImaginedARTS, AbooOriginal Shelvis, Sidetrack Theatre, Theatre South).